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International Relations Faculty & Staff

The International Relations faculty is made up of professors from the Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, and Modern & Foreign Languages & Literatures. Learn more about some of our faculty below or visit the contributing department websites for more information.

Program Director

Joan Davison

Joan Davison

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Joan Davison currently serves as Chair of the Faculty Evaluation Committee of the College of Liberal Arts. She also serves as Rollins’ Faculty Athletics Representative and in that capacity is the current President of the NCAA’s Faculty Athletics Representative Association. Davison offers courses in the international and comparative politics subfields, including U.S. Foreign Policy and International Law. Her research focuses upon ethnoreligious identity and politics in Bosnia Herzegovina. She recently co-edited Walling, Boundaries and Liminality: A political anthropology of transformations, (2018). Recent publications include: “Identities Frozen, Societies Betrayed, Communities Divided: the US-Mexican Wall,” (2018), “Kennan and the Neglected Variable in Post-Socialist Societies: The Loss of Honest Dialogue and the Need for Empathy,” (2017), “The Dis-united States of Liminality: The Trump Campaign Spectacle,” (2016), “Sarajevo Heart of Europe? Global Politics, Symbol(ism) & Liminality in the Centenary of WW1,” (2014), “The Left’s Attraction amidst Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Nationalist Politics,” (2013), “What Matters to Social Democratic Party Voters? Liberal and Economic Interests trump Ethnoreligious Identity in Bosnia Hercegovina,” (2013), “The Beauty and the Beast: Civil Society and Nationalisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” (2011) and “Whither or Wither: Disaffection, Intransigence and Democratization in Bosnia and Hercegovina,” (2011).

International Relations Faculty

Dr. Mike Gunter

Dr. Mike Gunter

Professor

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Mike Gunter, Jr., Ph.D. is a Cornell Distinguished Faculty and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins College where he directs the International Affairs Program. A veteran traveler across all seven continents, Gunter served the U.S. State Department as a Fulbright Scholar at Univerzita Komenského in the Slovak Republic and has over 50 popular and academic publications, including Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to Protect Biodiversity (2004/2006) with Dartmouth College Press and his most recent work, Tales of an Eco-tourist: What Travel to Wild Places Can Teach Us about Climate Change (2018) with SUNY Press/Excelsior Editions.
Eren Tatari

Eren Tatari

Associate Professor of Political Science

 

Dr. Eren Tatari is an Associate Professor teaching courses on Comparative Politics, Middle East Politics, Research Methods, and Social Innovation. She specializes in ethnic and religious minorities in the U.S. and Western Europe, democratic theory and minority rights, and intersectionality. Her community and course work on Social Innovation focuses on food politics, sustainability & holistic living, permaculture design, and “Designing Your Life” workshops. Her recent publications include Surrendering to God: Understanding Islam in the Modern Age (Tughra Publications, 2012) and Muslims in British Local Government: Representing Minority Interests in Hackney, Newham, and Tower Hamlets (BRILL, 2014).

Dexter Boniface, PhD

Dexter Boniface, PhD

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Boniface is Professor of Political Science and holds the Weddell Chair of the Americas at Rollins. Dexter was a visiting fellow at the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City in 2009-2010. He is co-editor of the book Promoting Democracy in the Americas (Johns Hopkins, 2007) and the author of numerous articles in journals such as Comparative Politics, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, and Global Governance.

Dan Chong, PhD

Dan Chong, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Dan Chong is an Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins, teaching courses in international human rights, global poverty, and peace and conflict resolution.  He has led international field study courses focused on human rights and poverty to Guatemala, South Africa, Tanzania, and the Thai-Burma border. His first book, Freedom from Poverty: NGOs and Human Rights Praxis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), analyzes the methods that NGOs use to advocate for rights to food, housing, and health care. He has also contributed to journals such as Development and Change, Human Rights Review, and Global Environmental Politics. His most recent book, Debating Human Rights (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014), examines major controversies in the field of human rights. He is currently working on an undergraduate textbook on human rights for Lynne Rienner Publishers.  He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Amnesty International student club, as a member of the strategic task force for the Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative (SESI), and on the internationalization committee at Rollins.

Dr. Ashley Kistler

Dr. Ashley Kistler

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Specializations: Cultural and linguistic anthropology, Mesoamerica, the Maya, economic anthropology, kinship, gender, collaborative ethnography, Latin American and Caribbean courses

Dr. Rachel Newcomb

Dr. Rachel Newcomb

Professor of Anthropology

Specializations: Cultural and applied/public anthropology, Middle East and North Africa, gender, Islam, modernity, globalization, and identity

Dr. Gay Biery-Hamilton

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Specializations: Brazilian amazon, economic and ecological anthropology, economic development, culture change, food and water resources, women and development, ideology, political ecology, and medical anthropology

Dr. Nolan Kline

Dr. Nolan Kline

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Specializations: Medical and applied anthropology, public health, global health, Latino im/migrant health, health inequality, health policy, race, citizenship, biopolitics, and political economy of health

Dr. Shan-Estelle Brown

Dr. Shan-Estelle Brown

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Specializations: Medical anthropology, patient-provider relationship, health disparities, chronic illness, self-treatment, acceptability of treatments, global health, HIV, addiction, sickle cell disease, healthcare innovation technology, healthcare user experience (UX)

Anca M. Voicu

Anca M. Voicu

Professor of Economics

Professor Voicu's areas of interest include international economics, European emerging markets, genetic algorithms applied to trade modeling, and evolutionary economics.

Martina Vidovic

Martina Vidovic

Associate Professor of Economics

Professor Vidovic’s areas of interest are applied microeconomics, econometrics, environmental economics, and health economics.

Henry N. Kypraios

Henry N. Kypraios

Associate Professor of Economics

Professor Kypraios' areas of specialization include international economics and money and finance.

Zhaochang Peng

Zhaochang Peng

Assistant Professor of Economics

Professor Peng’s areas of interest include political economy, comparative economic systems, economic development, Chinese economy, economic history, history of economic thought, globalization, economic cycles, crises, and growth, and distribution and poverty.

Claire Strom, PhD

Claire Strom, PhD

Rapetti-Trunzo Professor of History

Areas of Specialization: Agricultural history, the American South, and the progressive era.

Yusheng Yao, PhD

Yusheng Yao, PhD

Professor of History

Areas of Specialization: Twentieth century China, modern education reform and rural reconstruction

Hannah Ewing PhD

Hannah Ewing PhD

Assistant Professor of History

Areas of Specialization: Byzantine Empire, ancient and medieval Mediterranean, and the history of monastic reform.